The University Union served as the venue for the 2017 Merchandising & Digital Retailing Career Expo on October 5th. With 23 employers in attendance, the expo grew in size from last year and outgrew its former location, the Gateway Ballroom. Top featured sponsor employers included APMEX (American Precious Metals Exchange) from Oklahoma City and Denton headquartered Sally Beauty. New employers for 2017 included Banana Republic, Crate & Barrel, Effective Spend Digital Marketing, Four Hands, Havertys Furniture, Lombardo Custom Apparel, Louis Vuitton, and Stage Stores. Nearly 300 students made their way to the Emerald Ballroom to speak to employers and vie for a chance to be interviewed later in the day for part-time, full-time, and internship positions. The Student Networking Luncheon hosted by the top sponsors, APMEX, Sally Beauty, and Dillard’s Inc. followed the expo and gave students the chance to network with these particular companies over a served luncheon giving yet another opportunity to engage with top employers.
A new event became a part of the expo this year thanks to Board of Governors Chair Ruth Crowley from Lowe’s Home Improvement. The day prior to the expo featured a roundtable discussion with four Customer Experience Design Directors from the Lowe’s Corporate Headquarters in Mooresville, NC. They came to us to visit with juniors, seniors, and grad students about not only what they do for Lowe’s, but also to give career advice and insight heading into the career expo the following day. They each presented their personal career path stories and how they work within the organization as a team. They then interacted with students about advice for heading into the job market, letting them know that career paths can take drastically different routes from what is initially planned and still reach career fulfillment.